Volkswagen Double Cab Pickup Truck
When the boxy, Beetle-based Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter first arrived on American shores in 1949, its effect and influence was immediate, as there was truly nothing else like it on American roads. Using standard Beetle components, it was easy to operate and maintain, quickly gaining worldwide acceptance as a highly effective, albeit utilitarian, way to transport cargo and passengers.
Eventually dubbed the “Microbus,” Volkswagen’s unique Transporter was relentlessly refined through its lifespan, evolving into several different and very practical vehicles, including single- and double-cab pickup trucks. With its combination of economy, practicality, and anti-establishment flair, the Transporter, in all of its guises, was of course an instant hit with the Baby Boomers growing up in the 1960s.
Est. 100 hp, 1,850 cc air-cooled, horizontally opposed OHV four-cylinder engine, dual Weber twin-choke carburetors, four-speed manual transmission in rear transaxle, independent front suspension with transverse torsion bars and upper/lower trailing arms, independent swing-axle rear suspension with trailing arms and torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5 in.
Part of the RM Auctions even for John Staluppi in December, 2012.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Erik Fuller